13 — Randy Dekuiper from Newbury, Michigan.
This is Randy’s first year to join the Stage Stop family, but it’s far from his first competition. In his over fifty year career, he raced the Iditarod in 1977, the Rondy, Open North American, Laconia, New Hampshire, not to mention numerous races from Ohio to Quebec. His resume includes experiences as a rodeo clown, bareback rider, race car driver, Eagle Scout, and, most challenging, grandfather to 13 youngsters. “The dogs are the driving force in keeping me healthy and motivated every day,” he writes. “I wouldn’t be able to stay active without the help of my wife of 23 years, and dog handler extraordinaries, Cris.” Randy’s interest in the Stage Stop was piqued after four years training on the same trails as Bruce Magnusson. “I am looking forward to the challenge!”